The Tokyo International Anime Fair also known as Tokyo International Animation Fair(東京国際アニメフェア?, TAF) is one of the largest animetrade fairs in the world, held annually in Japan. The first event was held in 2002 as "Tokyo International Anime Fair 21". The event is held at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention and exhibition center in Tokyo Bay, in late March. Usually, the first one or two days of the fair are weekdays and the entrance is open only to industry members and the press; the last two days are scheduled on the weekend and the fair is open to the public.
Besides being an international trade fair, the TAF includes related events such as business symposia and other events. Notably, the Tokyo Anime Awards are given for domestic and foreign creations and creators in the event with the name of the event. The event is supported by the Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs of Tokyo. Although the event does not have a long history, it and its prizes are recognized in the industry.
In December 2010 a group of ten large manga publishers known as the Comic 10 Society (コミック10社会,Comikku 10 Shakai?) announced plans to boycott the 2011 event. The boycott is in protest at revisions to the Tokyo Youth Development Ordinance that increase regulation of manga and anime sales to under-18 year olds. This has been seen as a deliberate snub of Shintaro Ishihara, who is closely associated with both TAF and the changes to the law. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has expressed concern about the impact of the boycott and urged the parties involved to work towards resolving the situation.
Due to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, it was announced five days later, that the 2011 event would be canceled. In addition, Tokyo Big Sight, where the event is held annually, suffered unspecified damage during the quake in the Tokyo area.